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Oil tanker strikes Bay Bridge tower; no immediate reports of spill

January 7, 2013 |  1:26 pm

An oil tanker struck a tower of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Monday, but authorities said there were no immediate reports of oil leaking into the water.    

The Overseas Reymar hit the easternmost tower of the bridge's western span shortly before 11:40 a.m., San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge told the San Francisco Chronicle. A fireboat went to the scene but crews didn't see oil in the water, she said.

Charlie Goodyear, a spokesman for the San Francisco Bar Pilots Assn., told the newspaper the tanker was empty and heading out to sea when it struck the bridge. A pilot was aboard, he said.

Talmadge said the base of the bridge tower was damaged, along with the starboard side of the ship, but  Goodyear said the tanker's hull had not been punctured.

A spokeswoman from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife told the Chronicle that patrol boats were en route to the scene with game wardens, scientists and oil spill prevention specialists to assess the situation.

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